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The French Cinepanorama, the Hong Kong French Film Festival, is back in town! Organized by the Alliance Française de Hong Kong with the support of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the 46th French Cinepanorama will run from the 22nd November to 10th December, 2017 for the films of the year and will continue in January with its traditional retrospective (from 5th to 24th January 2018), dedicated to the iconic director Jean- Pierre Melville (b.1917-1973). This is the film festival with the longest history in Hong Kong and

it has already introduced more than a thousand acclaimed French films to the city since 1953.


Festival Ambassador Mr. Johnnie TO

The Festival is honoured to have the talented Hong Kong Director Mr. Johnnie TO as the festival’s ambassador. In 2009, To was granted “The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” (Order of Arts and Letters) issued by the Minister of culture of France. He was also an appointed jury

member of the Cannes Film Festival. His first international film “Vengeance” starring the French iconic rock star Johnny Hallyday was a huge success. To’s works bear a lot of resemblance with Jean-Pierre Melville. To's close relationship with French cinema makes him the ideal choice to represent the festival.


A Starry Festival

The 46th Hong Kong French Film Festival is welcoming six talents! (Please refer to Festival guests

for their Biography)

Leading actress of “Back to BurgundyAna Girardot; Director of “Back to BurgundyCédric Klapisch; Director of “Bright Sunshine In” Claire Denis; Director of “DjangoEtienne Comar;

Director of “RedoubtableMichel Hazanavicius;

They will present their latest film and meet the Hong Kong audience during the festival.


Rising Global Society Issues

Since the creation of cinema, film has always been seen as a medium reflecting our world. Today, French film-makers this tradition, to raise public concerns and awareness by probing into the controversial social issues that the world shares through their lens. Part of the 2017 selection will turn to the topics in relation to some current social issues:


Identity, sexuality and love

120 Beats Per Minute (120 battements par minute) by Robin Campillo, dates back to 1980s, showing the first AIDS awareness campaigns throughout France. A true revelation in the 2017 edition of the Cannes Festival.

Grand Prix / Queer Palm Award - Cannes Film Festival, 2017

Official Selection - FIPRESCI Prize, 2017

Presented by Edko Films Ltd and has been screened at the LGBT festival.

Lola Pater by Nadir Moknèche, starring a remarkable Fanny Ardant as a transgender father in a nowadays-family.

Reinventing Marvin (Marvin ou la belle éducation) by Anne Fontaine ,is a queer coming-of-age story loosely inspired by «The End of Edddie » novel by Edouard Louis .

4 Days in France (Jours de France) by Jérôme Reybaud is a story about a forty-something homosexual going through some erotic tribulations in this sweet, bluesy road movie.

Ava is a poetic adventure about a young girl slowly losing her eyesight.


Origin, Family and Dreams

Opening film: Back to Burgundy (Ce qui nous lie) by Cédric Klapisch is a reunion of three siblings around the vineyards and their dying father.

Presented by First Distributors

*In the presence of Director Cédric Klapisch and leading actress Ana Girardot


The House by the Sea (La Villa) by Robert Guédiguian is about three grown children gathered at the beautiful villa of their dying father, reflecting on their life and finding unexpected renewal

in their childhood home.

The Price of Success (Le Prix du succès) by Teddy Lussi-Modeste, tells the story of a stand-up comedy star struggling between Fame, ambition, and family.

Paris Prestige (Les Derniers Parisiens) is directed by two significant French rappers Hamé and Ekoué, portrays a story about brotherhood and its complexity for matured siblings following divergent paths.


Unveiling the lives of the great masters in history

Rodin by Jacques Doillon brings the life of the 19th century’s most revolutionary sculptor

Auguste Rodin onto the big screen.

Presented by Edko Films Ltd

Gauguin (Gauguin: voyage de Tahiti) by Edouard Deluc, focuses on Gauguin’s (Vincent Cassel)

exile life in Tahiti which has influenced both his personal life and arts.

Django Reinhardt is the extraordinary musician who left a mark on the history of jazz. Django will bring his music alive on the big screen.

Presented by Edko Films Ltd

*In the presence of the director Etienne Comar

Redoubtable (Le Redoutable) by Michel Hazanavicius is a film not to be missed by French cinema lovers! A plunge into a key period of Godard’s life, by the Director of “The Artist”. Starring Louis Garrel, Stacy Martin and Bérénice Béjo.

Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival, 2017

Official Selection - Cannes Film Festival, 2017

Presented by Edko Films Ltd

*In the presence of the director Michel Hazanavicius

Barbara by Mathieu Amalric is about an actress, a director, and iconic singer Barbara, into a majestic 3-characters play with invisible frontiers.


Special Highlights

Bright Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) by this iconic contemporary film director Claire Denis, stars Juliette Binoche as a divorced artist and mother looking for her true love. Presented by Edko Films Ltd

*In the presence of Claire Denis

See You Up There (Au revoir là-haut) by Albert Dupontel is a refreshing reconstitution of WWI.

Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, is a western spaghetti style thriller set in the bright Mediterranean.



Returning to Antarctica, Academy Award-winning director Luc Jacquet’s latest work March of the penguins 2 – The Call (L’Empereur) once again raises the concerns of climate change with his picturesque scenes.

Presented by Golden Scene Co. Ltd.

The Paris Opera (L’Opéra) directed by Jean-Stéphane Bron, reveals the fascinating world behind the red curtain.

Presented by Edko Films Ltd

Lumière! (Lumière ! L’aventure commence)by the director of Cannes Film Festival Thierry Frémaux is the tale of the birth of cinema and of the genius pioneers that were the Lumière brothers.



Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (Le Grand méchant renard et autres contes) by Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert - A group of farm animals get dragged into a series of charming and hilarious adventures.

Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival, 2017

Official Selection – Annecy International Animation Film Festival, 2017

Zombillenium (Zombillénium) by Arthur de Pins and Alexis Ducort - A gloriously stylized animation about a scary theme park in which the staff happens to be a group of real monsters. Official selection - Annecy International Animation Film Festival, 2017

Official selection - Locarno International Film Festival, 2017

Official selection - Cannes International Film Festival, 2017


Retrospective – Jean-Pierre Melville ( 5th to 24th January, 2018)

A major gurehead of lm noir and world cinema, French director Jean-Pierre Melville is an inspiration to many acclaimed contemporary directors, such as Quentin Tarantino, Bertrand Tavernier, Johnnie To, or Michael Mann. Melville was an actor, a scriptwriter, a producer; however, he was rst and foremost a respected director, filming actors as prominent as Alain Delon, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Catherine Deneuve, Lino Ventura and many more.

Had he lived on, Jean-Pierre Melville would have turned 100 years old in 2017. For this occasion, the Hong Kong French Film Festival is pleased to feature six works of Melville’s. Additionally,

the screening of Hong Kong film noir master Johnnie To’s “Vengeance” will prove a striking

tribute to the latter’s celebrated French mentor.

Army of Shadows – L’armée des ombres (1969) Bob the gambler – Bob le flambeur (1956) Doulos the finger man –Le doulos (1963)

Leon Morin, Priest – Léon Morin, Prêtre (1961)

The Red Circle – Le cercle rouge (1970)

The Silence of the Sea – Le silence de la mer (1949)

Vengeance – Vengeance (2009)


A weekend with the New Wave - Co-organised with (HKIFF)

In memory of Jeanne Moreau (b.1928-2017), the Festival and the Hong Kong International Film Festival will pay tribute to the iconic actress and the New Wave period.  On the 25th and 26th November at the Brodway Cinematheque, the Hong Kong audience will have the chance to rediscover some of the New Wave classics.

Elevator to the Gallows – Ascenseur pour l’échafaud by Louis Malle (1968)

Two or three things I know about her – Deux ou trois choses que je sais d’elle by Jean-Luc Godard (1967)

Contempt – Le mépris by Jean-Luc Godard(1963)

The 400 blows – Les 400 coups by Francois Truffaut (1963)

A New Wave cinema photo exhibition will also be held at Broadway Cinematheque



Image of the French New Wave by Raymond Cauchetier

23rd November to 10th December, 2017 – Broadway Cinematheque


Collaboration with Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival – Short Film Contest

For the 46th edition of the Hong Kong French Film Festival, Alliance Française de Hong Kong

and Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival are launching a short film contest dedicated to young Hong Kong filmmakers, amateurs and professionals.

Alliance Française and Fresh Wave aim to bring out new talents and to support the short film creation. Their objective is also to foster and to promote intercultural dialogues and exchanges as well as to build bridges between Hong Kong and France.

More details to be announced. Enquiries: Ms. Nicole Kwok

Direct: +852 2823-4911 - Mobile: +852 9342-3728 - Email: nkwok@afhongkong.org


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